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{Book Club} Lie #2: You only live once


This week in our book club we dissect the second lie discussed by Jared C. Wilson in The Gospel According to Satan: You only live once often abbreviated in our hashtag culture to YOLO. This lie sounds innocent enough. What’s wrong with seizing the day or carpe diem? Making the most of every day is not sinful but striving to find fulfilment in this life through sex, money and materialism will come at a great cost in the next life.

Yes, you do only get one life, but it does not end when your body dies.

Robin William’s character in Dead Poet’s Society explains the concept of carpe diem to his students in an attempt to inspire them to strive for greatness, but we can see the error in his perspective if we listen with a biblical ear. He motivates the young men to seize the day and make the most of their lives because soon they “will be pushing up daisies” and it will all be over. This way of thinking perpetuates the myth that life ends when you die. Satan uses YOLO to tempt us to forget about what comes after death.

The only thing more stupid than not thinking beyond death is not thinking about death at all.

Page 34, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson
Think beyond death quote

In the garden, the Serpent convinces Eve “You won’t die.” (Genesis 3:4) With this temptation Eve ignores God’s instructions and becomes the first person to fall into the trap of thinking even if I die, I only die tomorrow. Wilson says it so well: “Sin is fundamentally stupid.” It has an urgency to it that hungers for experiences of pleasure for the purpose of fulfilment, beauty and enlightenment outside of Jesus Christ.

YOLO has a few cousins including FOMO (fear of missing out) and #noregrets which are printed everywhere from sportswear to bumper stickers. When we subscribe to the lifestyle promoted by these hashtags, we ignore the glory promised to us beyond the grave.

The stupid think we only live once. The wise know that we only get one life, and what we do with it matters because of what comes after.

Page 36, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson
Only one life quote

There’s nothing wrong with seizing the day but seize the day in the light of what comes when you have no more days left.

carpe diem definition

 I want to stop being stupid and short-sighted.

What about you?

Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to any of the books studied by Nettie’s Book Club. I am not profiting from the sale of these books. I will carefully select books that have had a significant impact on my faith. My goal is simply to share the wisdom in these books with others so we can assess and apply the wisdom of these authors to grow in understanding of our faith together.


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